Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Welcome back to another Wedding Impossible! Wedding Impossible is a series where I plan a wedding based on randomly selected details. Last time I planned a socially-distanced drive-in movie-inspired wedding. This time was a very different wedding, but full of even more fun details. If your interested in a more detailed look at the planning and budget for this wedding, head over to my youtube channel for the full video! This wedding was based on having a micro-wedding (a wedding with 30 guests) inspired by one of the biggest trends in the wedding world, celestial weddings, but with a twist.
Guest Count: 30 people
Theme: Celestial & Classic
Colors: Gray & Green
Must-haves: Pets included
Celestial weddings are one of my favorite wedding trends of the moment. I love the deep tones with metallics that we typically see, but adding "classic" to the mix really challenged me because typically celestial leans moodier and boho. Classic is the complete opposite with lots of bright whites and crisp lines. Instead of leaning into the deeper navy blues and plums with constellations, I used a lot of moon imagery and clean lines. I also was searching for unique ways to bring in the element of the family into their wedding, which is where the Polaroid wall came in.
Initially, I had been planning on using a sage green. I love sage green and it can act as a really pretty neutral, but once I saw that image in the bottom row with the deep emerald green tablecloth, I completely changed my plan. I decided that the emerald green struck the perfect balance between a classic wedding and a celestial wedding. In addition to the grey and deep green tones, I also decided to bring in some warm golds.
For this wedding, the most challenging aspect was finding a venue that fit this couple’s budget, guest count, and also allowed pets. I wanted to make sure to find a space with at least a good indoor option (since I decided this should be a fall wedding). Initially, I had looked at some traditional venues, but once we added in the catering costs from the required caterer, both of my top contenders ate up a significant chunk of my budget. Instead, I decided to go a more non-traditional route and use a short term rental to host this wedding. I found a cute loft space on VRBO (Airbnb no longer allows events), which was perfect for this 30 person wedding. It has a great backyard space for the ceremony (depending on the weather) and allows pets. The biggest plus for this space was that since it is a short-term rental, there was no required caterer and we were able to select a cheaper option.
I loved a lot of aspects of this wedding set-up, but the ceremony backdrop was one of my favorites! As I was searching for inspiration images for this wedding, an image that I kept seeing, again and again, was a crescent moon shaped ceremony backdrop. I knew that would be perfect for this wedding, but I want to create it on a budget. I found this cardboard crescent moon cut-out from Oriental Trading Company (I think it was designed to be like a prom photo backdrop) that would be perfect to paint a nice shade of gray and maybe even add a hand-lettered quote.
Aesthetically, my favorite detail was the place settings. As I already mentioned, I was totally smitten with the deep green tablecloths from my inspiration board and knew I needed them for this wedding! Instead of renting the tablecloths, we actually ended up purchasing them. Typically I don’t recommend this (even though it is often cheaper) because it can be so difficult to launder the tablecloths and iron them, so they don’t have wrinkles. In this case, since the wedding was so small, I figured my couple could handle the chore for 3 tablecloths. The tablecloths were really the stars of the show, so I paired them with simple white plates, simple glassware, and gold flatware. We also added a touch of celestial to each place setting with a crescent moon place card.
Another one of my favorite details is the seating chart. Instead of a traditional seating chart, this couple would have a Polaroid seating chart where every escort card is a photo (printed to look like a Polaroid) with a sweet note on the back from the couple. One of the best things about having a smaller wedding is the ability to add little details, like this, for every one of your guests.
Let me know if you have any questions about anything in this wedding! Like I mentioned before a full budget breakdown, as well as more details from the wedding.